Scarpa absolutely nailed it with this thing. A light, pebax material boot that has all the tight fit and driveability of a downhill boot, all with a massively large range of motion, interchangeable soles for different bindings, and amazing uphill ability.
This thing is light. Very very light. Probably the lightest boot on the market with the ability to charge as hard as it does. Not as light as the top end dynafit stuff that's made mostly for ascents, and tours, but close enough to it, all while blowing it out of the water when it comes to downhill ability.
When this thing is locked in, and you're pointing your skis down a line, there are not many boots out there that will be able to rip as hard as this thing. It absolutely TORCHES other AT boots when descending, while hanging with the best of them while going up. If you want a do-all AT boot that can kill it in any direction, GET THIS BOOT. Period. Winner winner chicken dinner.
The walk release is brilliant. Very similar to K2's release where it's just a metal shim that's pulled out of place. When you release it, you get an extraordinarily large range of motion. Just as far back as forward. I could take off in a sprint in these things if I needed to escape from murderous wildlife in pursuit of my flesh, and they'd probably be even better than running shoes for this what with their vibram sole plates - which allow these to be used with any binding on the market, Din, Dynafit, or any other AT binding.
They fit way narrower than a lot of the other AT boots too - which tend to fit relatively wide due to comfort requirements while ascending or touring. They fit just like any other downhill boot, and have a fantastically designed intuition liner to go with it. The look is clean, with a slightly ugly colour scheme, but who cares.. this thing rips it!
If I was to buy a new boot today, this would hands down be what I'd get - no matter what binding I was clicking into or ski that binding is on. GET THIS BOOT, EVERYONE. SERIOUSLY.
The freedom was a new boot for scarpa last season. Every one knows scarpa for true touring boots but now they have a great freeride option too. The sl features the full pebax clog. Pebax is often used for touring boots for a couple of advantages it offers. Firstly it is not effected by temperature like pu shells are. A pebax shell will flex the same in the shop as on the hill on the coldest day. This can help give a better representation of flex.
The boots feature a carbon shank in the sole which keeps te boots nice and stiff they don't carve as well as a waymaker but they are good.
The walk mode is excellent. This is really where scarpas experience in boots becomes clear. It has a huge range of motion for a freeride boot and even features forward lean adjustment something not many freeride boots offer.
They come with din norm and touring soles but ensure the tourin sole has the metal tech insert fitted as some came without them.
Fit wise they are a generous 98mm fit with a mid height instep. They fit wider then a quest but narrower then a waymaker.
Great boots and one of the stiffer freeride boots available. Good for bigger guys or harder skiers.